An introduction to astronomy for children ages 8-18 (and their parents!)


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Introduction to Astronomy: This course consists of a series of lectures and presentations describing the Universe surrounding us, from the objects in our solar system, to the stars in our galaxy, to the most distant galaxies that Man has discovered. The material presented assumes no previous knowledge of astronomy. We describe the nature of astronomical objects in great detail, and introduce the physical processes that govern their formation, progression and interactions. In addition, on each class night with clear skies, we observe from our front yard (in Southbury, CT) through our 10" telescope - viewing planets, double stars, star clusters, nebulae and galaxies, as well as artificial satellites and the occasional meteor.

Classes will meet every other Wednesday at 7pm starting in mid-August, and ending in mid to late Spring, 2021. There are a total of 19 biweekly sessions.

The History of Astronomy: This course is available for ages 10 and up, or for any student who has completed the Introduction to Astronomy course.  

Starting from prehistoric evidence of observations of the motions of the Sun and Moon, this course traces the development of our understanding of the Universe through the early theories of the Greeks, then through the Copernican and Galilean revolutions of the Renaissance, Kepler, Newton, and the dawn of modern astronomy in the 18th-20th centuries. We will carry through to the latest discoveries of the 21st century, and peer into what lies ahead

The course runs for 19 sessions on the weeks between sessions of the Introductory course.  Observation time may be included on clear nights after class.  

Location: Southbury, CT

NOTE!! Although these classes are best experienced in-person, this Fall I will be offering the option of attending class through Skype.  I now have some experience with this mode of persentation, as our 2019-20 class transitioned to a virtual classroom starting in March.  The plan for this Fall is to have both in-person and virtual attendance, though in both cases class size is limited.  Please be sure to contact me early to ensure there is space remaining.  These classes tend to fill up quickly.

Cost: The price for the class is $250 per student. Payments made in full in the first month of class are discounted to $225 per student, otherwise payment can be made monthly. Parents attend (and are encouraged to attend) for free. For those attending through a virtual classroom, a slight additional discount will be offered.

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